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APTA-Harris survey reports senior mobility trends

Posted on December 7, 2005

More than 80% of Americans age 65 or older worry that they will be stranded and unable to get around when they can no longer drive, according to a survey released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Nearly all of the respondents (98%) said that maintaining their independence is “extremely important.”

“These findings are dramatic proof that America’s older citizens believe staying mobile is essential and that mobility security just like financial security and medical security needs to be planned for,” said APTA President Bill Millar.

The national survey, conducted by Harris Interactive in November, questioned Americans age 65 or older about mobility options and public transportation in their communities.

Complete survey results can be viewed at

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